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Almost everyone needs to jot a quick reminder, make a shopping list or record meeting or classroom notes from time to time. Shop with Staples to review our entire inventory of notepads that provide writing space for these activities and more, while some have additional features that speed up specialized tasks such as tracking phone calls or drawing graphs and charts. Staples carries a variety of writing products, including letter- and legal-sized lined notepads, message pads, grid-ruled notebooks and professional-looking padfolios.

All of Our Notepads Provide Flexible Writing Options
Notepads come in a broad range of page styles that meet almost any writing need. College-ruled legal and letter pads are ideal for work notes or personal projects, while wide-ruled pages give new writers a little extra room. Frequent travelers can stick a small notepad in a pocket or bag to take their writing materials on the road. Shorthand fans may prefer traditional Gregg-ruled steno pads, which offer plenty of room for meeting notes. Blank pads provide a writing surface unconstrained by lines. Use them to brainstorm an idea, sketch a quick map or doodle while talking on the phone.

Not All Notepads are the Same
While traditional pads work well for many writing tasks, sometimes you need a specialized tool for the job. Phone pads simplify tracking calls and messages by providing a standardized layout that prompts message takers for specific information. Many also record duplicate copies of each message to ensure record-keeping accuracy.

Gridded pads are ideal for artists and engineers who work with drawings as well as text. They make it easy to create accurate graphs and charts. Padfolios combine a notepad with a closeable cover or binder. They often contain extra storage space for business cards, writing supplies or computer media, making them a practical option for job seekers or business travelers.

What Kind of Bindings do Notepads Have?
Many covered notepads have either a spiral or stitched binding. Both hold pages securely, but spiral bindings lie flat when open, and stitched bindings are less likely to snag on bags or clothing. Some pads have no cover at all; they just have a cardboard backing that serves as a rigid writing surface and a glued edge that secures the paper. Many pads are perforated so users can remove individual pages neatly.

Which Features Should All Notepads Have?
Notepads all have one thing in common: paper. While thin pages are fine for quick notes or reminders, you may want a notebook with heavier paper for class notes or a personal journal. Paper thickness is measured in pounds, and higher values generally indicate thicker and stiffer paper. Many notepads use 15- to 20-pound paper, while artist pads or bound journals may use 28- to 32-pound pages.

Are Notepads Eco-friendly?
These products often have paper made from recycled materials, but some notepads take eco-friendly a step further. They use vegetable- and water-based inks from natural sources and feature paper made from materials such as sugar cane waste. Some are FSC certified, indicating they use wood pulp from renewable managed forests.

Notepads are a convenient way to record thoughts and ideas, and they come in sizes and styles that can meet almost any writer's needs. Browse all the notepads available at Staples to find the right product for your next writing project.

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